Oumar Niasse signs for eighth division club three years after leaving Everton

Ex-Everton star Oumar Niasse's love affair with English football continues after he was announced as Macclesfield Town's newest signing.

The 33-year-old cost the Premier League club £13.5million back in 2016 after being signed by manager Roberto Martinez in the January transfer window. It was an uninspiring period on Merseyside for Niasse, who played just 42 games for the club, scoring nine goals.

After his release in 2020, he enjoyed brief stints in the lower divisions of English football with the likes of Huddersfield Town, Burton Albion and Morecambe.

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The former Senegal international now has a another new home with eighth-tier Macclesfield Town as he reunites with ex-Hull City team-mate Alex Bruce, the son of Manchester United legend Steve Bruce, who manages the team. The pair played together during Niasse's loan spell at the club in 2017. Bruce was appointed Macc manager last month, having played for the club in 2021.

Macclesfield announced Niasse's signing on social media with a statement that read: "Macclesfield FC are delighted to have agreed terms to the signing of former Everton and Hull City striker Oumar Niasse on a short term deal subject to league approval.

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"Boasting a wealth of experience, Niasse will be able to share his expertise from making over 50 appearances at the highest level. The former Senegalese International provides a real threat with his pace and power and adds real quality to Alex Bruce’s squad.

"Everyone at Macclesfield FC would like to wish Oumar every success during his time at The Leasing.com Stadium." Fans seemed delighted with Niasse's arrival with one X (formerly known as Twitter) user hoped for a second Senegalese striker to walk through the doors as they wrote: "Great signing! Wonder if Papiss Cisse will join him in getting a deal at the club."

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One Everton fan still seems bitter over his time at the club. A comment said: "£13M this c*** cost us" as a third was disappointed with Niasse's decline, writing: "Oh wow how far a man has fallen".

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